Engendering Wealth and Well-Being: Empowerment for Global Change / Edition 1

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Overview


The new international division of labor and the imposition of structural adjustment on Third World countries has necessitated a reexamination of development policies and a reevaluation of the role of gender in their success or failure. Although women often bear the heaviest burden under structural adjustment, there is also considerable evidence of women being empowered through their responses to the challenges of economic restructuring.Based on case study material from Eastern Europe, the Islamic nations, Africa, China, and Latin America, this volume explores the significant contributions women make to the wealth and well-being of their families and nations. The contributors argue persuasively that women may hold the key to sustainable development, an increasingly critical issue at a time when policymakers are reconsidering the full costs and benefits of a growth-fixated development model.One of the first to embody the new “gender and development” paradigm, this book reports on research at the frontiers of knowledge and theory about the gendered outcomes of economic transformation, restructuring, and social change. By incorporating “voices from the South,” it makes a provocative addition to our understanding of the political economy of development and of the relationship between world ecology and the world economy.
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Rae Lesser Blumberg is professor of sociology at the University of California at San Diego, where Michael Monteón is associate professor of history. Cathy A. Rakowski is assistant professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Ohio State University. Irene Tinker is professor of city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Rae Lesser Blumberg is professor of sociology at the University of California at San Diego, where Michael Monteón is associate professor of history. Cathy A. Rakowski is assistant professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Ohio State University. Irene Tinker is professor of city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Rae Lesser Blumberg is professor of sociology at the University of California at San Diego, where Michael Monteón is associate professor of history. Cathy A. Rakowski is assistant professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Ohio State University. Irene Tinker is professor of city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Rae Lesser Blumberg is professor of sociology at the University of California at San Diego, where Michael Monteón is associate professor of history. Cathy A. Rakowski is assistant professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Ohio State University. Irene Tinker is professor of city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Ch. 1 Introduction: Engendering Wealth and Well-Being in an Era of Economic Transformation 1
Ch. 2 Gender Dynamics of Restructuring in the Semiperiphery 17
Ch. 3 Gender and Economic Crises in Latin America: Reflections on the Great Depression and the Debt Crisis 39
Ch. 4 Trade, Gender, and Poverty in the Nairobi Area: Women's Strategies for Survival and Independence in the 1980s 65
Ch. 5 Gender Implications of Export-Led Industrialization in the Caribbean Basin 89
Ch. 6 Engendered Production in Rural Taiwan: Ideological Bonding of the Public and Private 113
Ch. 7 Macroeconomic Policies and Gender Relations: The Study of Farming Households in Two Turkish Villages 135
Ch. 8 Father's Money, Mother's Money, and Parental Commitment: Guatemala and Nicaragua 155
Ch. 9 Gender and Health in Nigerian Structural Adjustment: Locating Room to Maneuver 181
Ch. 10 Gender Relations in Urban Middle-Class and Working-Class Households in Mexico 195
Ch. 11 Gender, Environment, and Empowerment in Venezuela 213
Ch. 12 Gender and Environments: Lessons from WEDNET 239
Ch. 13 Beyond Economics: Sheltering the Whole Woman 261
Ch. 14 Conclusion: Engendering Wealth and Well-Being - Lessons Learned 285
About the Book 295
About the Editors and Contributors 297
Index 301
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